Field Arts & Events Hall is thrilled to partner with Music on the Strait to host three of the five festival events planned for 2023. For the complete schedule, please visit

Music on the Strait celebrates chamber music in the singularly beautiful environment of the Olympic Peninsula and Salish Sea. Founded in Port Angeles in 2018 by locally-raised musicians James Garlick and Richard O’Neill in partnership with the Port Angeles Symphony, Music on the Strait aims to share chamber music, both its traditions and its emerging voices, through community programming and educational outreach.

JUST ANNOUNCED: “Pay What Makes You Happy” seats available for upcoming Music on the Strait events at Field Hall! We’ve just opened the balcony for all of the upcoming Music on the Strait events and are offering pay what makes you happy tickets. Choose to pay an amount between $5 and $40 for your seats and enjoy an incomparable classical music experience right here on the Olympic Peninsula. To select a pay what makes you happy ticket, choose any of the below performances and look for the dark blue seats on the balcony level. You can’t go wrong – there’s not a bad seat or obstructed view in the house!

This ticketing page is only for Music on the Strait’s 2023 Field Hall Concerts on August 19, 26 and 27. For information about Music on the Strait’s Maier Hall programs on August 20 and 25, please visit

AUGUST 26 | Jeremy Denk performs Bach’s Complete Partitas

Music on the Strait presents Jeremy Denk performing Bach’s Complete Paritas.

7PM: Performance

JS Bach Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
              Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
              Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
              Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
              Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
              Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830

MacArthur “Genius” Jeremy Denk, one of today’s leading interpreters of Bach’s keyboard music, returns to Music on the Strait for the fourth time to perform a musical marathon: all six Bach Partitas for keyboard in one evening. This is a musical event of a lifetime! 

Jeremy Denk, piano

AUGUST 27 | Jeremy Denk & Friends Perform Brahms' A major Piano Quartet

Field Arts & Events Hall is delighted to host Music on the Strait for their Festival Finale: Jeremy Denk & Friends perform Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes BrahmsPrior to the show, enjoy a performance by the Port Angeles Symphony Brass Quintet. 

2:15PM: Port Angeles Symphony Brass Quintet performance

Clara Schumann     Three Romances for Violin and Piano (1853)
Robert Schumann    Märchenbilder (Fairy Tales), Op 113 (1851)      
Johannes Brahms    Piano Quartet in A major, Op 26 (1861) 

In October 1853, a 20-year-old young composer named Johannes Brahms knocked on the door of Robert and Clara Schumann with a letter of introduction. That same year, Clara Schumann wrote her Three Romances for Violin and Piano, and Robert Schumann soon proclaimed Brahms the heir to Beethoven’s musical lineage and so began one of the most intimate friendships in music history. Jeremy Denk leads us on a rare and remarkable journey to explore these three intertwined musical voices.  

Jeremy Denk, piano
James Garlick, violin
Richard O’Neill, viola
Ani Aznavoorian, cello


AUGUST 19 | Opening Night: A special evening with Garrick Ohlsson & the Takács Quartet

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Field Arts & Events Hall is proud to partner with Music on the Strait to host the Opening Night for the 2023 Music on the Strait Festival. Enjoy a special evening with Garrick Ohlsson and the Takács Quartet, Saturday, August 19th at 7PM, featuring a 6:15PM pre-concert talk with Classic KING FM 98.1’s Lisa Bergman.

6:15PM: Pre-concert talk with Classic KING FM 98.1’s Lisa Bergman
7PM: Performance

Johannes Brahms  Sonata in E-flat for Viola and Piano, Op 120 No 2 (1894) 
Johannes Brahms  Rhapsody in G minor, Op 79 No 2 (1879)
Lembit Beecher     New Work for Violin and Viola (World Premiere) 
Amy Beach         Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op 67 (1907)

Music on the Strait is honored to present one of the first performances in the brand-new Field Arts and Events Hall with celebrated virtuoso pianist Garrick Ohlsson, the only American to have won first prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition. Ohlsson will perform solo and chamber works by Johannes Brahms. He will later be joined by the Takács Quartet for a rousing performance of Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet, a piece for which he and the Takács recorded and won a 2001 Gramophone Award. We are also thrilled to present a new work by 2023 composer-in-residence Lembit Beecher, inspired in part by the transformation of the Elwha River and written for Artistic Directors James Garlick and Richard O’Neill. 


Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Takács Quartet
  Edward Dusinberre, violin
  Harumi Rhodes, violin
  Richard O’Neill, viola
  András Fejér, cello
James Garlick, violin